For months now I’ve been volunteering with the Hotline Project (my capacity has been to vet applicants). After all this work (and exponentially more work on the part of Sarah Morehead and Suzi Bocks), it’s finally launched.
We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the Hotline Project! After two years of work by a dedicated team of volunteers, the dream of a real-time peer support network for people dealing with issues related to their faith has become a reality.
The process of leaving religion might not be an overnight experience, as many of you know, but did you know that many of the calls for help we get are between 3:00 and 5:00 in the morning? Recovering from Religion receives countless emails and phone calls from people seeking help on their journey away from faith, at all hours of the day and night, and we want to help everyone who contacts us. Through our Hotline Project, we will offer 24/7 national, regional, and local resources – a secular support network people can utilize in their most urgent time of need.
The mission of the Hotline Project is to provide a real-time peer support network for people questioning the role of religion in their lives, dealing with the negative impact of religion in their lives, or anyone who has friends or relatives facing these transitions. The hotline offers a unique avenue for callers to share and explore their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives while providing them with immediate, anonymous, confidential, and compassionate support combined with relevant resource referrals.
I think this will be an amazing thing (obviously, I’m volunteering with them). Coming to grips with the fact that you don’t believe the religion into which you were born in all the ways (or any of the ways) you’re supposed to can be traumatizing, as many of us know. This will alleviate much of that suffering.
If you’d like to volunteer with this project, you still can by filling out the application here.